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Erdogan opens the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey

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The latest edition of the games will see more than 4,000 athletes from at least 55 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation compete for 355 medals.

The first Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2005. (Murat Kula/AA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened the fifth edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games in the central Anatolian city of Konya, Türkiye.

Erdogan declared the games open on Tuesday in a dazzling opening ceremony, which was also attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as well as dignitaries from several nations.

The sporting event, which will be held from August 9 to 18, was originally scheduled to be held in 2021.

It was postponed to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Light shows were held during the opening ceremony of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Türkiye.

Light shows were held during the opening ceremony of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Türkiye. (Mustafa Ciftci / AA)

More than 4,000 athletes from at least 55 Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will compete in 24 sportsranging from archery to basketball and judo to swimming for 355 medals.

The Islamic Solidarity Games is an event organized by the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).

The games aim to “support the development of athletes from the Islamic geography and increase the culture of brotherhood and solidarity among athletes,” according to the event. website.

Non-Muslim citizens of member states can also participate in the games.

The first Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2005. The fourth edition was held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2017.

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Source: World TRT